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Sauteed zucchini is one of the most versatile side dishes you can make! This version is just flavored with garlic and butter (YUM!), but I’m also sharing some flavoring ideas below. Feel free to switch it up depending on how you serve it. Read on to learn how to sauté zucchini!
This is absolutely the best sautéed zucchini recipe I’ve ever made, thanks to the garlic butter. Having said that, there is a special way to do this.
The problem is that bThe utter has a very low smoke point, so it can’t really withstand frying temperatures.Some people try to get around this by mixing butter and oil, but that doesn’t actually lower the smoke point of the butter [*].
Instead, in this sautéed zucchini recipe, I used a different approach to achieve that buttery flavor. Just add butter and easy-burning garlic at the end, then reduce the heat, and cook for a short time. Delicious buttery flavor that doesn’t burn! (I made it in a similar way Garlic Butter Sautéed Mushrooms Same thing. )
Can you fry zucchini?
How to Sauté Zucchini in Butter
Let’s get to the fun part…how to fry zucchini in a pan!
- Cook the zucchini. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shiny. Add zucchini slices in a single layer (some overlap nicely, but not multiple layers). Cook for about 5 minutes, until the zucchini begins to brown.
Tip: Just stir once or twice instead of constantly stirring, Let the zucchini brown.
- Cook the butter and garlic. Push the zucchini slices to the sides of the pan, leaving an open space in the middle. Add the butter and wait for it to melt. Add the chopped garlic to the butter and sauté lightly until fragrant. (For tastier, try substituting the butter and garlic for Compound Butter! )
- Mix Zucchini with Garlic Butter. Once the garlic starts to brown, toss everything together and season with salt and pepper. Stir gently until the butter is absorbed by the zucchini.
Sauteed Zucchini FAQ
Can you make this sautéed zucchini in tomato sauce without butter?
Butter adds a nice and rich flavor to the zucchini, but if you want to make a dairy-free version, use Butter Flavored Coconut Oil Or your favorite dairy-free butter substitute.
What spices do sautéed zucchini go with?
This recipe is basic, seasoned with garlic, sea salt and pepper, but the zucchini is a blank slate! You can add other seasonings depending on your serving. Italian seasoning, indian seasoningor lemon pepper are both delicious.
Does Sauteed Zucchini Have Carbs?
1 cup per serving of this special sautéed zucchini recipe has 6.3 grams net carbs. Full nutritional statistics can be found below the recipe card.
How long to fry zucchini?
This sautéed zucchini takes only about 5 minutes to cook, butI saute the zucchini of course depending on the thickness of your zucchini slices.
Tip: Crispy sautéed zucchini uses higher heat and less time, softer zucchini on medium heat will take longer.
Can you scale this fried zucchini recipe?
Yes, you can. Just add servings in the recipe card below. However, if you’re increasing it to more than 3 servings, it’s best to cook the zucchini in batches so it’s fully browned.
Sauteed Zucchini Storage Instructions
Can you make sauteed zucchini and garlic ahead of time?
Since this zucchini side dish only takes 5 minutes to cook, I recommend doing it right before eating. If you want to save a few minutes of prep time, feel free to cut the zucchini a day or two in advance.
How to Store Sauteed Zucchini Recipe
Store the fried zucchini in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Can fried zucchini be frozen?
Yes, sauteed zucchini can be frozen, but the texture may change when you reheat. Freeze zucchini slices in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to freezer bags.
How to Reheat Sauteed Zucchini
Reheat the sautéed zucchini in the microwave or hot pan until heated through. It does soften up when reheated, but it’s still delicious.
More Keto Zucchini Recipes
If you love zucchini as much as I do (zucchini season is the best season, don’t you agree?!), you might like a few others Keto Zucchini Recipe:
- Zucchini Rolls – Comfort food in keto form. (Equally satisfying!)
- Zucchini Noodles – Everything you need to know and the best way to cook zucchini noodles that don’t get soggy.
- Vegetable Frittata – This veggie-packed frittata includes a 4-ingredient recipe for making a frittata, using any vegetables you like.
- Grilled Ratatouille – Vegetarian displays can be vegetarian main dishes or elegant sides.
- Coconut Flour Zucchini Muffins – If you have a sweet tooth, do yourself a favor and make these sugar-free treats with zucchini.
- mandolin slicer – Use a mandoline slicer to make sure your zucchini slices are even thickness so they all cook evenly.
- large nonstick pan – This frying pan is a kitchen staple and I use it every day.
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Sauteed Zucchini Recipe (Easy, 10 Minutes!)
This easy sautéed zucchini recipe only takes 10 minutes! A simple technique on how to sauté zucchini with butter and garlic makes it perfect every time.
Prepare: 5 minute
chef: 5 minute
All: 10 minute
Serving Size: 2 (Adjust the scale recipe)
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Tap the time in the instructions below to start the kitchen timer while cooking.
Heat olive oil in a pan 10-12 inch large frying pan Heat over medium-high heat until shimmering.
Add zucchini slices in a single layer (some overlap is fine, but not multiple layers).cook about 4-5 minutesStir once or twice, but not too often (too often will prevent browning) until the zucchini starts to brown.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Push the zucchini to the sides of the pan, leaving an open space in the middle. Add the butter and wait for it to melt.Add minced garlic to butter and fry about 1 minuteuntil fragrant.
Once the garlic is fragrant and starts to brown, stir everything together. Season with salt and pepper. Stir gently until the butter is absorbed by the zucchini.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount per serving. Serving Sizes in Recipe Instructions Above.
fat 13.5 grams
protein 3.1 grams
total carbohydrates 8.6G
net carbs 6.3G
sugar 5.7 grams
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